Travel

Nostalgia for the Icelandic sky

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Toothpicker

Sunrise in Reykjvik
 
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzmán's 'Nostalgia for the light'. The poignant, insightful and stunningly beautiful film was set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and it is a meditation on life, history and the universe. The film touched me on many levels, but [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Climate change and was tagged with nature, climate change, sunset, Iceland, Reykjavik


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, England, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, England, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British designs, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, England, Design, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with British design, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
 
Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, Glasgow, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, British design, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Street art in Glasgow

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mitchell Street's Taxi Balloons by Rogue-one

 
Before visiting Glasgow for the first time, I had a somewhat gloomy and rundown image of the city in my head, yet this preconceived idea was shattered when I arrived at the bustling city on a sunny day.
I was lucky with the weather, so I was able [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Glasgow and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Glasgow


Scotland by rail

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Scenery from somewhere north of England
 
I am one of those people who would get excited sitting in the front row on the top deck of a double decker bus. And often I would end up sitting next to kids under 10 years of age who are equally excited, though I don't express [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Transport, Glasgow and was tagged with nature, Scotland, trains, Glasgow


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


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